Thursday, January 16, 2014

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) is GA

Hyper-V Recovery Manager Renamed to Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft announced GA of HRM today. Brad Anderson in his blog post states: 
Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager Service protects your on-prem applications by orchestrating the protection and recovery of Hyper-V Virtual Machines running in a private cloud (i.e. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 or System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1) to a secondary location.
 Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) Overview

Key Differentiators

Hyper-V Recovery Manager is unlike any other DR solutions previously available. A few key elements that really set it apart include:
  • Simple Setup and Configuration
    Hyper-V Recovery Manager has been designed for simplicity. Since it’s a hosted service, customers don’t need to install/deploy additional servers or worry about servicing/patching. By installing a lightweight VMM provider, they can extend their existing VMM environments and quickly make it DR ready. By leveraging VMM’s management capabilities, the service can also push cross-site configuration across a large number of Hyper-V hosts and Virtual Machines. This enables scale without comprising on simplicity. You also setup your DR policies at the cloud level. This allows you to express policy such as, “I want all VMs in the Finance cloud to be replicated to my local service provider,” or, “I want all VMs in the Redmond Cloud to be replicated to the Chicago Cloud.”
  • Automated Protection
    Hyper-V Recovery Manager leverages the capabilities of Hyper-V Replica to provide on-going replication of Virtual machines. The service also monitors for changes like VM migration, additions of new clusters, changes in network setting – and it automatically re-configures VM protection if needed. This ensures that Virtual Machines remain protected throughout the lifecycle without manual intervention.
  • Remote Monitoring
    Hyper-V Recovery Manager can be accessed via the Windows Azure Portal from any internet-enabled device. VM protection status can also be remotely monitored and, in the event of an unforeseen disaster, customers can begin the recovery operations remotely.
  • Orchestrated Recovery
    Cloud-based Recovery Plans enables automated DR orchestration by sequencing the failover of different groups of Virtual Machines. For example: In a multi-tiered application you can arrange the Database tier, middle tier, and web tier in different groups within a Recovery Plan and sequence it such that the database tier fails over and boots upbefore the other tiers. Additionally, recovery plans can be customized with scripts and manual actions. For example, one can combine a SQL Always On failover PowerShell script with a Hyper-V Recovery Manager Recovery Plan for application-specific DR operations.
Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager can be accessed by licensed Windows Azure admin using the Windows Azure Management Portal ( under Data Services\Recovery Services.

Additional Information:

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager Reaches General Availability Release WindowsITPro

Windows Azure: Staging Publishing Support for Web Sites, Monitoring Improvements, Hyper-V Recovery Manager GA, and PCI Compliance ScottGu's Blog

Microsoft's Windows Azure gets payment-card compliance nod ZDNet

How Hyper-V Recovery Manager works and where it falls short  TechTarget

Retaining IP Address after failover using Hyper-V Recovery Manager  Server & Tools

Disaster Recovery as a service by Hosting Service Providers using Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager  Server & Tools

Hyper-V Recovery Manager concerns  4sysops

Windows Server 2012 & Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager   Dan Stolts

Edge Show 73 - Disaster Recovery using the Hyper-V Recovery Manager  Ch9

Guided Hands-on Lab: Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) with Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)  Keith Mayer

Hyper-V Recovery Manager on Windows Azure: Game changer in DR architecture  TechRepublic

How to use Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager   ClusterMVP



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